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South Sudan

Reuniting families in South Sudan

South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, has been beset by frequent conflict since it gained independence in 2011.

Children face many risks, including violence, displacement and food shortages. Our teams are working hard to protect children, reunite families and support livelihoods.

Conflict in South Sudan has forced thousands of families from their homes. In the chaos of war, children and parents are often separated. Our family tracing and reunification teams help them find each other again. And we ensure unaccompanied children are safe

We're also strengthening child protection systems across the country. We work with local leaders, police, teachers and children to help communities keep their children safe. For child refugees and displaced children, we set up safe spaces. These give them the chance to play, learn and get support to deal with traumatic experiences.

UPDATE, MAY 2020

Save the Children welcomes the passing of Article 141 to the Sudanese Criminal Law by Sudan’s Transitional Government, aimed at criminalising Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The move is an important step forwards in government efforts to adhere to its international commitment and advance girls rights in Sudan, and has the power to make a huge difference in the lives of millions of girls and women. 

Arshad Malik, Save the Children’s Country Director in Sudan, said:

Female Genital Mutilation is not only a violation of girl’s rights, it has serious consequences for a girl’s physical and mental health. Introducing a national law is a great step towards eradicating the practice entirely.

"However, as FGM remains embedded in cultural and social norms, efforts must continue to increase community awareness on the harmful practice.

"Moreover, law enforcers, judges and community leaders in Sudan must be made aware and trained on and the new law to insure its effectively implemented."

Save the Children is campaigning to end FGM and will continue to fight FGM across 21 countries in Africa.

KEEPING CHILDREN HEALTHY

More than one in five children in South Sudan are malnourished. Droughts, flooding and food price shocks mean they simply don't get enough nutritious food. We run centres to screen children for malnutrition and give free medical care.

Our teams also train health workers in remote communities to diagnose and treat malnutrition, diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia. In areas where clinics do exist, we supply vital equipment, medicines and training.

SUPPORTING LIVELIHOODS

South Sudan is a fertile country, yet food insecurity is a major problem. We're supporting farmers by demonstrating new techniques to help them grow and sell more food.

For the most marginalised young people, finding a way to make a living can be incredibly hard. We're teaching vocational skills to young people who missed out on education or were married early, and to former child soldiers. Subjects include carpentry, hairdressing, masonry and tailoring.

We're also helping young people and vulnerable families the skills and tools they need to set up their own businesses.

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